Welcome BOS members and all interested in birding Western New York and Southeastern Ontario!

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Hermit Thrush during fall migration by Sue Barth ©

Scoping October

The month of October brings big changes to the local birding landscape. During the first week, Neotropical migrant stragglers are exiting the region and being replaced by temperate zone migrants; sparrows, kinglets, Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Hermit Thrush and others.

Stronger frontal systems occur this month and during high wind events from the SSW, the Niagara River should be your destination. Species to look for include Little, Sabine's and Franklin's Gulls, Parasitic Jaeger, and phalaropes. This is the month when the Brown Booby appeared at Erie Basin Marina during such a wind event. Other locations to view from include Hamburg Town Beach, LaSalle Park, Ontario Street Boat Launch and Woodlawn Beach SP.

Keep your hummingbird feeders filled and cleaned this month! If western vagrants are going to show up, this month is most likely when it happens. Brush up your ID skills of Rufous Hummingbird as that would be the most likely. If you have a contender at your feeder, get as many photos as possible, including the tail!

Also this month is the annual BOS October Bird Census. We need as many people in the field as possible, even if just an hour's time watching your bird feeder. Please contact the count compiler, Marcie Jacklin (mjacklin@brocku.ca), if you would like to assist. This count has been conducted for over 80 years and is a wealth of information on local bird populations. We need all members to help out!

The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) has something to offer to anyone passionate about birds: from the backyard feeder- watcher, the avid lister or the environmental activist, to the dedicated citizen scientist or the professional ornithologist. Society activities include regular programs, field trips, intensive long-term bird counts, checklist and date guide development, varied research activities, and involvement in local conservation efforts. We invite you to join in the activities of the society!

 BOS Membership  

The Buffalo Ornithological Society, Inc. was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region. Annual grants are awarded by the BOS to fund member-sponsored avian research projects. We are proud of our extensive scientific research databases, our continuing involvement in environmental and conservation activities that impact birds, and our promotion of the enjoyment of ornithology.

The BOS coverage area includes Western New York and parts of nearby Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded. Explore our site to learn more about where to report and find birds, both regional specialties and rare visitors.

  Our New Website

Our BOS website has just been redesigned and we hope you like it! If you are a BOS member, go to our Registration page to create your web account, giving you access to the member-only portion of the website. If you aren't already a BOS member, please consider joining!

  Upcoming Field Trips and Events

Several field trips, meetings, and events have recently been added to our calendar. Take a look and be sure to join us at a meeting or on one of our field trips!

Oct 29, 2016

Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plain

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Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip for fall migrants. Meet at 8 am at Tops Market in Wright's Corners. This is on the east side of Route 78 and Route 104, north of Lockport.

Leader: Joe Mitchell (716-604-7701 or rhettbutler81@hotmail.com).

Nov 09, 2016

Meeting - "Cats, Birds, and Us"

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Wednesday, November 9th at 7PM: BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science. NOTE the room change!

Gerry Rising will speak on "Cats, Birds, and Us".

Cat lovers, animal shelter personnel and animal rights groups have convinced city and town governments across North America to implement programs that support free-ranging cats called Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) despite opposition to these programs by scores of scientific organizations whose case is based on a wealth of scientific literature.

This talk will identify problems free-ranging cats raise for birds, other wildlife – and us as well – indicate why TNR is the wrong approach to these problems and suggest alternative responses.

Nov 27, 2016

Field Trip - Niagara River Gulls and Waterfowl Joint Field Trip

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Niagara River joint trip with Rochester Birding Association for gulls and waterfowl. Meet at 9:00 AM at Fort Niagara State Park in the parking lot just outside the old fort. Make sure you have a passport, passport card, Nexus, or enhanced driver’s license. Dress warmly.

RBA: Bob Spahn (585-671-5690 or RSPAHN@prodigy.net)
BOS: Tom O'Donnell (716-284-5569 or tmodonnell@roadrunner.com)

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